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Britain raises terrorism threat level from severe to critical


PUBLISHED Fri, September 15, 2017 - 4:07pm EDT
Prime Minister Theresa May announcing the threat level has been raised


The United Kingdom has raised its international terrorism threat level from severe to critical, meaning that another attack could be imminent after a bomb exploded on a subway train in London, injuring dozens of people. (more)





The decision was made on Friday evening by the Joint Terrorism Analysis Center (JTAC), which is responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of available intelligence. "This means that their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent," Prime Minister Theresa May said.

Critical is the highest level on the five-step scale of threat levels.

The prime minister said soldiers would be deployed to replace police officers who are on guard duty at certain protected sites. "The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection," she said.

May added: "The public should go about their business in the normal way and, as usual, be vigil and cooperate with the police. I said earlier that terrorism is a great challenge of our times but, by standing together, we will defeat it."

London Mayor Sadiq Khan urged the public to remain vigilant and appealed to anyone with information to call police immediately. "Everything possible is being done to protect our city and keep us all safe, both Londoners and visitors to the capital," he said.

Specific details about the terror threat were not immediately available, but a manhunt is continuing for those responsible for Friday morning's attack on a subway train in west London. At least 29 people were injured when a bomb went off on a train, although the device failed to fully detonate.

The Islamic State group (ISIS) claimed responsible for the attack, claiming that multiple "soldiers of the Caliphate" were involved in planting the bomb. "What is coming is more devastating and bitter, Allah permitting," the group said in a statement.

Mayor Khan sought to reassure worried citizens. "Rest assured the full resources of our police and security services are being deployed to track down those responsible. They will be caught and brought to justice," he said.


  Statement from British Prime Minister Theresa May

I said earlier today that the national threat level was being kept under review. The Joint Terrorism Analysis Center, that's the independent organization which is responsible for setting the threat level on the basis of available intelligence, has now decided to raise the national threat level from severe to critical. This means that their assessment is that a further attack may be imminent. Following JTAC's decision, the police have asked for authorization from the Secretary of State for Defense to enact part of the first phase of Operation Tempora. This is a well-established plan to provide military support to the police and, for this period, military personnel will replace police officers on guard duty at certain protected sites which are not accessible to the public. The public will see more armed police on the transport network and on our streets, providing extra protection, and this is a proportionate and sensible step which will provide extra reassurance and protection while the investigation progresses. So the public should go about their business in the normal way and, as usual, be vigil and cooperate with the police. I said earlier that terrorism is a great challenge of our times, but by standing together, we will defeat it.

Q: Do you think the public is going to see anything different in their daily lives now as a result of this increased terror threat?

Well, what the public will see is a greater presence of armed police on the transport network and on our streets. This will provide a greater degree of protection but also reassurance to the public. But the public should go about their business in the normal way, but be vigilant and cooperate with the police. Thank you.






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